Children and Young People’s
The Children and Young Peoples Eating Disorders Programme supports the delivery of the core clinical programmes within the Long Term Plan and the Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20 - 2023/24 (the Implementation Plan) by connecting commissioners, providers, professionals, patients and the public across pathways of care with the aim of improving health outcomes. This is achieved by sharing best practice and innovation, assessing and benchmarking quality and outcomes and driving improvement where required, through targeted support.
What We Are Trying To Achieve
The Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Network Eating Disorder programme for Children and Young People is led by our Clinical Associate, Ursula Philpot, and Natalie Fox, Quality Improvement Lead.
The programme aims to support system partners in ensuring services are accessible and available in a timely manner and in line with National requirements.
Why It’s Important
Research has highlighted the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of Children and Young People. These effects are reported to be due to changes in regular routine, engagement in physical exercise, time spent with friends and family and relationships with food and technology (For more information please see Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and UK lockdown on individuals with experience of eating disorders | Journal of Eating Disorders )
Consequently, there has been a significant increase in the number of under 20’s admitted over the past year (2020/21), with figures almost 50% higher than in 2019/20 (NHS Digital).
What we have achieved in the last 6 months
- Identified areas for improvement by asking services, parents/carers and families about the current service offer and experiences through our annual mapping exercise.
- Provided regular opportunities for professionals to increase their knowledge around Eating Disorders, through ‘learning lunches’ (short training sessions), a ‘Community of Practice’ (peer support) and in-depth courses offered by Beat and SYEDA (South Yorkshire Eating Disorder Association). In-house training on Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and Autism and Eating Disorders has also been delivered by our Clinical Associates.
- Commissioned Beat to support 30 families on their ‘Developing Dolphins’ programme to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in caring for a loved one with an Eating Disorder.
- Launched an Eating Disorder Champions programme to ensure non-Eating Disorder specialists are trained and supported to share learning and best practice amongst colleagues and signpost them to relevant resources and support
What We Plan To Do In The Next 6 Months:
- Work in partnership with Beat to provide further training opportunities for non Eating Disorder specialists (e.g. Paediatric Nurses, General Practitioners etc.) and parents, carers and families.
- Continue to plan, develop and deliver in-house training opportunities for professionals, with targeted awareness raising sessions with general practitioners (GPs) and education practitioners.
- Undertake our annual mapping exercise to identify areas of improvement.
Meetings and Events
- Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Network Children and Young People’s Eating Disorder Learning Collaborative (Quarterly)
- Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Network Children and Young People’s Eating Disorder Learning Lunches (Monthly) – Topics have included; Bulimia, PICA, Restrain to Feed/Naso-gastric (NG) feeding, Medical Monitoring and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
- Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Network Children and Young People’s Eating Disorder Community of Practice (peer support/space for shared learning) (Bi-Monthly)
- Workforce and Paediatric Dietitians Task and Finish groups to progress focussed improvement support
Specialist Eating Disorder Services can be found here;
Services in our region include:
- Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Humber NHS Foundation Trust
- Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
- Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
- Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Barnsley) (Wakefield)
- Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Helpful Resources and Links
- Beat – a national charity for eating disorders
- Mind – provides information on possible causes, symptoms, how to access support and self-care tips.
- NHS Overview of Eating Disorders
- NHS Advice for Parents
- NHS Supporting Someone with an Eating Disorder
- SEED (Support and Empathy for People with Eating Disorders) – registered charity providing support and guidance from people with first-hand experience of Eating Disorders
- SYEDA (South Yorkshire Eating Disorder Association) – independent charity providing non-judgemental support to people affected by Eating Disorders
- PEACE Pathway - pathway for Eating Disorders and Autisms. Contains wellbeing resources